If you have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, your healthcare provider may prescribe Seroquel® (quetiapine fumarate) to improve symptoms and to help prevent relapses. The medication belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics, which work by blocking or lessening the effects of certain chemicals in the brain.
Seroquel comes in tablet form and is available in six different strengths. It is taken by mouth, typically one to three times a day. If you are only taking the medication once a day, it is usually best to take it at bedtime.
Before you begin using Seroquel, medication warnings and precautions should be discussed with your healthcare provider to help ensure a safe treatment process. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider before taking Seroquel if you are pregnant or have diabetes, low blood sugar, or any heart problems. You should also tell him or her about all other drugs you are taking, to help prevent drug interactions with Seroquel.
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